GCPS Board Meeting Summary for October 12, 2006

The following are highlights of the October 12, 2006, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.

Board recognizes students and staff members
-- The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the nation's premier distance learning association, recently announced that the Gwinnett County Online Campus has been awarded the 2006 Silver Award for Best Practice in Distance Learning Programming. This award is presented to outstanding organizations, which have designed and delivered outstanding and comprehensive Best Practices for individual programs or a series of programs through online, videoconferencing, and satellite-delivery technologies. Dr. Lisa Stueve served as the Online Campus Administrator and will accept the award on behalf of Gwinnett County Public Schools at the upcoming USDLA conference in Denver, Colorado.
-- Board members honored Darlene Werhnyak of Meadowcreek HS on her recognition as the 2005-06 AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year. Ms. Werhnyak is a celebrated member of the Meadowcreek HS community and is a respected professional as noted by this recognition from the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.
-- The School Board saluted Carson Fields, a junior at Parkview HS, on winning the national championship in the 125-pound class of Greco-Roman Wrestling, sponsored by the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman National Championships. Carson is only the third Georgia student wrestler to win first place in Greco-Roman wrestling in the national championship competition. Assistant Coach Keith Jannette, who teaches at Camp Creek ES, noted that Carson is 2-time county champion, 2-time state champion, a leader in the wrestling room, a leader among students, and a great kid to have around.
-- Principal Glenn McFall proudly introduced a number of honored sports programs and accolades, including the school's receipt of the Dodge Directors Cup Award from the Georgia Athletic Directors Association. The Dodge Directors Cup recognizes local high schools for athletic success during a school year. To begin his remarks, he made special note of the work of the school's activities directors (AD) Tony Aguirre (who served from 2003-2005) and Roland Wallace (serving 2005 to present). Mr. McFall called the duo "the hardest-working activities directors in existence." Their responsibilities include coaches training, scheduling events, transportation, security, ticket sales, budget, equipment, and facilities.
-- In introducing Collins Hill's Girls Basketball Coach Tracey Tipton, AD Roland Wallace listed a litany of local, regional, state, and national accomplishments, including her selection as national all-stars coach. Ms. Tipton was selected as District 9 Coach of the Year, Russell Athletics Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She provided statistics on her team and individual player's success. She thanked her assistant coaches Scott Wild, Warren Southerland, and Jessica Sedor. Ms. Tipton also introduced the Collins Hill HS Girls Basketball Team, the 2005-06 State Champions.
-- The Board also honored Collins Hill HS' Girls Track Team on its 2005-06 State Championship season. The team is coached by Richard Ramsey and Andrew Hudson. Both coaches have earned numerous region and state honors in leading the school's track and cross-country teams to five state championships. In introducing team members in attendance, Coach Hudson touted this senior class as having the best athletes in a single class. He said, "Their accomplishments are outstanding and they are exceptional students." Assistant Bob Drouin accompanied the team.
-- The Board of Education applauded Alton C. Crews MS on its recognition as a School of Distinction Award winner. The school was recognized by Intel Education Initiative and Scholastic, Inc., as the top secondary school for 2006 in the Professional Development Category. The school was one of 16 schools across the nation honored in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The school's commitment to professional development includes faculty and staff regularly participating in peer mentoring, peer coaching, and leadership training programs, and training in the 13 Quality-Plus Teaching Strategies. Teachers collaborate on idea development and program implementation, work together on curriculum teams to assess student achievement, and implement best teaching strategies to ensure student success. Dr. Gene Taylor, the school's principal, praised the work of Dr. Janet Blanchette, who coordinates professional learning for the Crews faculty and staff and developed the application for the award. Dr. Taylor acknowledged the leadership of the school's previous principals-- Mary Anne Charron and Jonathan Patterson, now the principal of Norcross HS.
-- The Board honored 36 Gwinnett County Public Schools Relay for Life Teams that raised $10,000 or more for the American Cancer Society in 2006. Among the 103 school system teams participating, 35 school teams and one Central Office team raised $10,000 or more. Gwinnett County's Relay effort was the largest in the nation, raising more than $2.4 million. The total amount raised by GCPS teams totaled $1,086,338, nearly half of the county's total tally. Honored GCPS teams include Cedar Hill ES, Central Gwinnett HS, Chattahoochee ES, Collins Hill HS, W.J. Cooper ES, Creekland MS, Dacula ES, Duluth MS, Duncan Creek ES, Five Forks MS, Fort Daniel ES, Freeman's Mill ES, GCPS Transportation, Grayson HS, Gwin Oaks ES, R.D. Head ES, G.H. Hopkins ES, Ivy Creek ES, Jackson ES, Glenn C. Jones MS, Lanier MS, Level Creek ES, Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES, J.P. McConnell MS, Rebecca Minor ES, Nesbit ES, Peachtree Ridge HS, Riverside ES, Rock Springs ES, Shiloh MS, Simonton ES, Simpson ES, Sugar Hill ES, Trickum MS, and Margaret Winn Holt ES. The top school fundraiser was Norcross HS, which raised more than $113,000. The team was led by Kirsten Mixter. Norcross earned a number of recognitions, including being named Top Online Fundraising Team with student Dana Lupuloff raising more than $15,000 online. In addition to honoring Norcross HS, Relay for Life honored Gwinnett County Public Schools as the winner of its Outstanding Relay for Life School Involvement Award for Region I.

Brookwood athletic facilities to be named for longtime athletic director
Acting on behalf of the school and community, Brookwood HS Principal Jane Stegall requested that the school's sporting facilities be named "The Dave Hunter Athletic Complex." The complex would include the football stadium, baseball stadium, and field house. Dave Hunter has been the athletic director at Brookwood HS since 1987. He has submitted his retirement to take effect December 21, 2006. The Brookwood PTSA, Brookwood School Council, Brookwood Touchdown Club, Brookwood Soccer Club, Brookwood Dugout Club, Brookwood Track and Cross Country Club, Brookwood Youth Football Association, Brookwood Diamond Club, and Brookwood Band were unanimous in requesting the Board of Education’s approval of this name change to the facilities. Plans are to formally dedicate the sports complex during halftime of the Brookwood vs. South Gwinnett football game on Friday, October 20, 2006.

School Board sets FY2008 budget development calendar
Each year, the School Board reserves critical dates relating to the development of the next year's budget. Key budget dates for FY2008 include:
Feb. 2, 2007-- Central Office budget managers submit proposed budget requests
Feb. 26 and 27, 2007-- Superintendent and Cabinet meet to discuss FY2008 requests
March 29 and 30, 2007-- Superintendent's Recommended budget to Board
April 14, 2007-- Board budget work session
April 17, 2007-- Board budget work session and adoption of tentative budget
April 23, 2007-- Copies of Superintendent's Recommended Budget available for public
May 4, 2007-- First public hearing on budget
May 10, 2007-- Second public hearing and final adoption
June 2007-- Adoption of millage rate
Sept. 2007-- Transmit adopted budget to State Department of Education

Board continues work revising policies
The following policy revisions were approved having been on the table for review since the September Board meeting:
- Policy EBC- Data Access and Security-- Changes have been proposed to this policy to align it with improvements in system processes.
- Policy EBD- Email Data Archiving-- Information incorporated into the proposed policy reflects changes in current legislation.
The following proposed policy revisions were placed on the table for review until the November 9 Board meeting:
- Policy IFB Acceptable Use of Electronic Media-- Changes have been made to this policy to align it with improvement in system processes.